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your trust in my shadow; and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon. Now, therefore, if ye have done truly and sincerely, in that ye have made Abimelech king, and if ye have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have done unto him according to the deserving of his hands; then rejoice ye in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you: but if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the men of Shechem; and let fire come out from the men of Shechem, and devour Abimelech. And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Be'er, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

5. Then went Abimelech to The'bez, and encamped against The'bez, and took it. But there was a strong tower within the city, and thither fled all the men and women, and all they of the city, and shut it to them, and gat them up to the top of the tower. And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and went hard unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire. And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all to break his skull. Then he called hastily unto the young man his armor-bearer, and said unto him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say not of me, A woman slew him. And his young man thrust him through, and he died. And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed every man unto his place. Thus God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren ; and all the evil of the men of Shechem did God render upon their heads : and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.

LESSON XIX.

THE HISTORY OF RUTH.

1. Now it came to pass in the days when the Judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem-judah went to so'journ in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. And the name of the man was Elim'elech, and the name of his wife Na'omi, and the name of his two sons Mah'lon and Chil'ion. And Elim'elech, Na'omi's husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth : and they dwelled there about ten years. And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

2. Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab; for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread. Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah. And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother's house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me. The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept...

3. And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people. And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? And they lifted up their voice, and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her. And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods : return thou after thy sister in law. And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for · whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will - lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: where thou diest, will. I die, and there will I be buried : the Lord do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me. When she saw that she was steadfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

4. So they two went until they came to Beth'lehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Beth'lehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi? And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara : for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I

went out full, and the Lord hath brought me home again - empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath

testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me? So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in

law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: ; and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley har

vest.

5. And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter. And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers : and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Bo'az, who was of the kindred of Elimelech. And, behold, Boaz came from Beth-lehem, and said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you! And they answered him, The Lord bless thee!

6. Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? And the servant that was sét over the reaper's answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab: and she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves : so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house. Then said Boaz upto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter ? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens: let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them.

7. Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am à stranger ? And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been showed me all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband; and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust. Then she said, Let me find favor in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens.

8. And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz command- • ed his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: and let fall also some of the handfuls on purpose for her, and leave them, that she way glean them, and rebuke her not. So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned : and it was about an eph'ah of barley. And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had

gleaned : and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed. And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to-day? and where wroughtest thou? Blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee. And she showed her mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought to-day is Boaz.

9. And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the Lord, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen. It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field. So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.

10. And Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife. And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord. which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age ; for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to to thee than seven sons, hath borne a son. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her basom, and became nurse unto it. And the women her neighbors gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David,

LESSON XX.

THE EARLY PIETY OF SAMUEL.

[1 Samuel i. 21, &c.] 1. AND Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the Lord the yearly sacrifice, and his vow. But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord, and there abide forever. And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, and brought him unto the house of the Lord in Shi'loh: and the child was young. And they slew a bullock, and

brought the child to Eli. And she said, O my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth, he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there.

2. And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord.. . He bringeth low, and lifteth up. Mine born is exalted in the Lord; He raiseth up the poor out of ihe dust, My mouth is enlarged over mine ene- And lifteth up the beggar from the mies;

dunghill, Because I rejoice in thy salvation. To set them among princes, There is none holy as the Lord : And to make them inherit the throne For there is none beside thee:

of glory : Neither is there any rock like our God. For the pillars of the earth are the Talk no more so exceeding proudly ; 1 Lord's, Let not arrogancy come out of your And he hath set the world upon them. mouth :

He will keep the feet of his saints, For the Lord is a God of knowledge, | And the wicked shall be silent in And by him actions are weighed.

darkness; The bows of the mighty men are bro- | For by strength shall no man prevail. ken,

The adversaries of the Lord' shall be And they that stumbled are girded broken to pieces; with strength.

Out of heaven shall he thunder upon

them: 3. The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: The Lord shall judge the ends of the He bringeth down to the grave, and earth ; bringeth up.

And he shall give strength unto his The Lord maketh poor, and maketh King, rich:

And exalt the horn of his Anointed. 4. Now the sons of Eli were sons of Be'lial; they knew not the Lord. But Samuel ministered before the Lord, being a child, girded with a linen eph'od. Moreover, his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did. And he said unto them, Why do ye such things ? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people. Nay, my sons, for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the Lord's people to transgress. If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him : but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall entreat for him ?

5. And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL saith, I said in. deed, that thy house, and the house of thy fathers, should walk before me forever : but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honor me I will honor, and they that

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